Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
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Gabi: I hope this isn´t Griezmann´s last final with Atletico

Gabi: I hope this isn´t Griezmann´s last final with Atletico

Griezmann's double put Atletico Madrid in command of the final, and captain Gabi iced the 3-0 win over Marseille with a late dagger in Lyon, France, where the club lifted a third Europa League trophy, despite its manager being suspended for the final.

Marseille reached its first European final in 1991 when it lost the then-European Cup title game on penalties to Red Star Belgrade, at a time when it was owned by the exuberant Bernard Tapie and had the clout to attract some of the best players in the world.

For the trophy and a place in the Champions League and will face Atletico Madrid and Marseille.

"It was a shame for Arsenal as they have a good squad and good quality, but Atletico are a great team", said Pires.

Marseille and Atletico Madrid have both played in the Europa League final twice.

Garcia said: "This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the only time a French team has won the Champions League. To win you need to play well, experience helps you know what you need to do on the pitch but in the end it's still a game", he said.

The only team able to overcome them in knockout European football since 2013 are arch-rivals Real Madrid, who beat them in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals and knocked them out of the competition in 2015 and 2017.


Speaking at his pre-match press conference, which was covered by uefa.com, Simeone said: "I wasn't on the sidelines for the Arsenal game and it's the same tomorrow".

Back in September when Rudi Garcia's side took on Konyaspor in their first Europa League game, only 8,649 fans were in attendance at the Stade Velodrome.

Atletico's manager Diego Simeone said he expected a hard game.

Los Colchoneros progressed to the round of 16 as runners-up to Liverpool, while Marseille finished third in the group and were consequently placed in the Europa League's round of 32. We're feeling lots of emotions, but also humility.

Antoine Griezmann in training at the venue of Wednesday's final, when he will lead Atletico Madrid's attack against Marseille. "Of course their free kicks and corners are risky, but they have many more weapons".

Someone's assistant German Burgos will be in the dugout. "I have confidence in him being in charge". "We've known each other for almost all our lives, we have the same vision of football so whatever I'm thinking, he is thinking the same". They are used to playing in big European matches.

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